A longtime island tradition, Alexander’s had closed following Hurricane Matthew, but has since reopened and is back and better than ever! Serving up seasonal, local cuisine that is authentic and at the same time very much elevated, Alexander’s menu features classic favorites and inspired takes on seafood standards.
Alexander’s is perfectly placed for an upscale dining experience during your stay with us. Before or after a round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, a game of tennis or pickleball, or an adventure with Hilton Head Outfitters, it’s ideal for a delectable dinner, a special celebration, or a meetup over drinks at the bar.
Learn why everyone loves Alexander’s, and what keeps them coming back for more exceptional Lowcountry cuisine year after year.
Alexander’s serves up the best in elevated seafood, but don’t worry, there’s no avante garde molecular gastronomy on the menu here. Just unpretentious Southern classics with a signature Alexander’s twist. With a focus on local fish and produce, this is authentic Southern cuisine for today’s discerning diner.
Start with their staple appetizer Oysters Alexander’s for a taste of the bold flavors. Fresh oysters from Hilton Head are topped with country ham, lump crab, baby spinach, rich white cheddar and baked to perfection. For a little Asian influence, try the popcorn calamari with sambal syrup and wasabi aioli. The local catch varies by day but is always worth ordering, with local flounder, grouper, and blue crab often making an appearance. Not in the mood for seafood? Try the wiener schnitzel with whipped potatoes and caper brown butter, it’s one of Alexander’s most famous dishes.
Tucked behind shady trees, Alexander’s unobtrusive exterior gives way to clean, classic décor inside that speaks to a quintessential Lowcountry experience. Crisp white linens, an elegant dining room, lagoon-side porch seating, and good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that turns new diners into fast fans, and keeps loyal patrons returning time and again. Settle in and watch sunlight sparkle off the lagoon draped by live oaks and lush greenery. In the mood for a creative cocktail? The inviting bar area is ideal for discussing your latest round of golf or planning your next Hilton Head adventure.
If you feel like dining a little earlier, Alexander’s offers an early dinner service from 5 - 5:45 p.m. featuring smaller portions and lower prices than the full dinner menu, but with all of the same fabulous flavor. For wine lovers, the restaurant hosts wine dinners once a month with specially selected menus, paired with fantastic featured wines.
The vibe at Alexander’s is elevated, but never exclusive. Dress is resort casual, and you’ll find something to please every palate, with a kids menu and a young adults menu for more mature taste buds. In search of somewhere to host a private function? Take advantage of the private room that seats twelve, or book the whole place for lunch or brunch for larger groups.
A special touch that makes the space unique is the feature of local artists all around Alexander’s. Currently, you’ll find watercolor painter Margaret Crawford’s beautiful artwork featuring beautiful florals and natural landscapes adorning the walls. If you see something you like, many of the featured pieces are ready to be taken home for a special souvenir!
Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Alexander’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.
One of the best things about Big Jim’s is that not only is it one of the best family friendly restaurants in Hilton Head Island, it feels like a family restaurant. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the food is made with love and care, and it serves up classics.
Whether you’re celebrating a great round out on one of our golf courses, grabbing a beer and watching the game, or indulging in a “Wine Down Wednesday” glass, or a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy, Big Jim’s offers something for everyone.
Not only that, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no matter when hunger strikes! And even though the property rentals at Palmetto Dunes have full kitchens, it can be nice to take a vacation from cooking. Big Jim’s has you covered! Call up (or order online) for some take out, or if you’re serving a crowd, request delivery.
We can’t talk about a restaurant without talking about its food, and when we’re talking about Big Jim’s we’re talking about three things: BBQ, burgers and pizza. Of course, that’s only a sampling of what’s on the menu, but if you’re a first timer, it’s a good place to start! The ribs are slow smoked for fall-off-the-bone, finger-lickin’ good flavor (and on Thursdays they’re two for one all day long!). The pulled pork sandwich is a classic Lowcountry lunch choice, and Big Jim’s comes served with tangy coleslaw, fries, and a pickle. Of course, if it’s a classic burger you’re craving, the Big Jim’s Cheddar Burger can’t be beat. The BBQ Chicken pizza uses Big Jim’s signature barbecue sauce and smoky chicken to make a perfect pizza pie, or get creative and make your own using the many pizza-topping options available.
Located next to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Big Jim’s is at the heart of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Even though there is plenty of parking, it’s an easy ride from your rental home on your Hilton Head Outfitters bike. The spacious, sunny patio has fantastic views of the Robert Trent Jones driving range and 18th hole, and the interior is comfortable and casual.
Why Big Jim’s?
Big Jim’s is more than a restaurant name! It celebrates an important figure in the history of Palmetto Dunes. Jim Self was one of the original investors in Palmetto Dunes back in 1979. He saw the property’s potential and just knew that he could turn it into a beloved Hilton Head Island vacation destination. Funnily enough, Jim’s nickname was actually “Little Jim” for most of life, thanks to his small stature—he was only 5’7” — but once he had grandchildren, he managed to get them to call him “Big Jim” and the name stuck!
Big Jim Self had many talents, including sport fishing, golf and cooking! From his killer barbecue sauce to famous Tennessee-style coleslaw, friends and family knew that when they sat down at Big Jim’s table, they were in for a delicious, Southern meal. Luckily for you, little has changed at the restaurant that bears his name.
Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Big Jim’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! Celebrate in style with some of our favorite and most romantic places in Hilton Head Island that make for a perfect date night.
There are so many couples’ activities on Hilton Head Island; it’s hard to pick just five! When it comes to planning the perfect date night for your valentine, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is an ideal place to start.
For a table for two with a view head to ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Treat yourself to a cocktail and dine as the sun sets over the water. From now until February 18, they’re even offering a stunning special Valentine’s Day meal with gorgeous entrées like Steak and Scallops with Champagne and Butter Sauce and a sinfully delicious sea salt caramel cheesecake for dessert. We can’t think of a more romantic backdrop for you and your loved one!
True romantics know that there’s more to date night than wining and dining. Make the evening special with a Sunset Cruise from Shelter Cove Marina. With nothing but the fresh air, the open water, the stunning sky, and each other, you’ll enjoy a memorable date as the sun dips below the horizon.
For a whole new kind of water view—not to mention an impressive meal—head to Alexander’s Restaurant. Cozy up by the fireplace and order oysters on the half shell to start the meal off right. With beautiful signature dishes like Filet Mignon and Jumbo Scallops, you really can’t go wrong with this menu.
Of course, what makes a date night special is the person you’re spending it with! When it comes to romantic things to do in Hilton Head Island, nothing beats a walk on the beach at sunset. Our stunning three-mile beachfront sets the scene for romantic excursion that’s really, all about the two of you. With the sounds of the waves and the spectacular sky, we wouldn’t be surprised if you fell in love all over again!
For even more romance, consider booking one of our Hilton Head romantic getaway packages! Because the only thing better than one date night is three in a row.
Christmas is fast approaching, and what better way is there to get into the holiday spirit than enjoying the festivities that Hilton Head has to offer? From family fun to great food to holiday events, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best events on Hilton Head Island we recommend checking out this holiday season.
When: December 1 to 31, 6:00 pm onwards.
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
This December, take a stroll through the Palmetto Dunes’ version of a winter wonderland, as Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina transforms into a colorful affair. Stroll the boardwalk, where the marina and boats will be decorated with holiday lights, and enjoy everything a Lowcountry "winter" has to offer.
When: Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am–2:00 pm, during the month of December.
Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cost: 2-course meals for $22 per person, 3-course meals for $32 per person.
Get festive this holiday season and enjoy some delicious Lowcountry cuisine without the hassle of cooking. Indulge in some delicious holiday-inspired meals created by the chefs at Alexander's Restaurant. They will be offering prix fixe meals, with crowd-pleasers on the menu including their Lowcountry crab bisque and braised beef short ribs.
When: December 2 to December 23
Where: Coastal Discovery Museum
Cost: $65 per person.
Put your creativity to the test as a local Gullah basket maker teaches this traditional Lowcountry art style. You will then be given the opportunity to start a wreath of your own. Register by calling (843) 689-6767, ext. 223 or online here.
When: November 30 to December 30
Where: Shelter Cove
Looking for something fun for the whole family to do? Shelter Cove offers a wide array of family activities, including a skating rink, horse and carriage rides, face painting, or meeting Jolly Ol' Saint Nick! Be sure to check out the calendar for rotating events happening all throughout the month of December.
When: December 7, 14, and 21
Where: The Shelter Cove Community Park
Grab a blanket, some hot cocoa, and head to the park for free screenings of your family’s favorite holiday movie classics. Every Thursday leading up to Christmas, we’re celebrating the season family style, with a lineup of The Polar Express, Elf, and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
When: December 8
Where: Northridge Shopping Plaza
Cost: $35 single, $65 per couple, $500 per table.
Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and experiencing the true essence of the Gullah culture. Tickets for this Hilton Head Island event include a buffet and live music performances.
When: December 9, 3:00–6:00 pm
Where: St. Luke’s Church.
Take a stroll through the history of Bethlehem with your family as you explore the marketplace, pet live animals, and create some arts and crafts at the local shops.
When: Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Where: Hilton Head Sonesta
Check some items off of your holiday gift shopping list this year at the Holiday Hookup. This event features homemade gifts and treats created by local women in business. Not only will you be sure to find something for everyone on your list, there will also be a silent auction to benefit a local charity, Hopeful Horizons.
When: December 15
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Cost: Between $15 and $40
Celebrate the holiday season on Hilton Head Island by enjoying some live, festive music. The First Presbyterian Church will be putting on a show featuring carols galore, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Christmas movie soundtracks. It's fun for all ages, giving you the opportunity to sing along to some popular holiday tunes. Tickets are available here.
When: Sunday, December 31, 5:00–9:00 pm
Where: Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cost: $99 per person (includes a champagne toast, tax, and 18% gratuity.)
Ring in 2018 with great food and company. Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a four-course fixed meal complete with a bubbly New Year's toast. Be sure to put your reservations in now for a guaranteed enjoyable night.
The weather is lovely, the people are friendly, the golf is glorious, and the food delicious! Fall is a wonderful time to be on Hilton Head Island, and Thanksgiving is no exception. If you’re planning on a Lowcountry Thanksgiving, you’re in luck! We’ve got plenty of specials, events, dining options, and more, so come celebrate Thanksgiving with us!
What would Thanksgiving be without a beautiful meal? At Palmetto Dunes, we're cooking up some feasts, and we're looking forward to welcoming you to our table.
Palmetto Dunes Club Thanksgiving Buffet: Just because you’ve got a fully appointed kitchen in your vacation rental doesn’t mean that you have to cook! Join us for the annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Palmetto Dunes Club on Thursday, November 23 featuring all your turkey day favorites plus all the trimmings!
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $43.00 per person
Child 12 & under: $23.00
Under 5: FREE
Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations required. Call 1-843-686-9143 by November 21 to make your reservation.
Alexander’s Restaurant: This year, up the ante on your Thanksgiving meal with a decadent feast prepared by the chefs at Alexander’s. Their Thanksgiving menu includes Lowcountry lobster bisque, apple cider and sage-roasted turkey breast, blackened salmon, pumpkin cheesecake, and more.
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $55.00 per person
Child’s Turkey Dinner: $25.00
Price includes tax and 18% gratuity. Reservations recommended. Call 1-843-785-4999 or visit www.AlexandersRestaurant.com to make your reservation.
Dunes House Oyster Roast: It’s oyster season in Lowcountry and the annual Dunes House Oyster Roast & Seafood Boil is the perfect way to celebrate. So take a break from turkey and head to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 25 to enjoy oysters by the bucket, live music, food and drink specials, and more!
Saturday, November 25, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Live music from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Oysters are $20 per bucket.
(Entertainment, hours and specials are subject to change and are weather permitting.)
Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating until you’re too full to move! At Palmetto Dunes, there are some fantastic events that will be fun for the whole family. (Not to mention that nothing burns off a turkey dinner like a round of golf!)
Shop, Dine & Stroll at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: Stroll right into the holiday spirit with this annual tradition at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Take in the festive holiday lights on the boats in the marina, and even get a head start on your holiday shopping with specials at the stores in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina happening throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26 Store specials at Nash Gallery, Tradewinds, La Belle Image Fine Art, Christmas on the Harbour, Taffeta, Eliza Bleu Boutique, Ship’s Store
Santa at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina: One of the highlights of Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes is when Santa Claus comes to town! Rumor has it he’ll be pulling into Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at noon on November 24 to say hello, get some Christmas wishes from kids and kick off the holiday season. Come early to enjoy all of the family fun, including gingerbread decorating courtesy of Hilton Head Social Bakery (while supplies last), a bounce house, wax hands, train rides, and more!
Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Santa’s Arrival: 12 p.m.
Live Music at The Dunes House: Celebrate Thanksgiving by the beach at The Dunes House! Weather permitting, everyone’s favorite beachside restaurant will be open with a limited menu and live music for your enjoyment on Thanksgiving Day. For the complete monthly schedule, click here.
Friday, November 24 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 25 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Oysters are practically a way of life in the Lowcountry! Whether you’re eating them on the half shell, à la Alexander’s, or roasted, there’s no denying that they’re simply delicious. There’s a saying here on Hilton Head Island that any month that contains the letter “r” is oyster season, which means we’re right in the thick of it!
Our local oysters are salty and sweet; with a unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else. Make sure to sample some local oysters the next time you’re at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and in the meantime, read up on how to shuck an oyster like a pro!
1. Place the oyster curved-side down and find the hinge where the top and bottom shell meet.
2. Wedge your oyster knife into the hinge at a 45-degree angle by wiggling it back and forth and pushing it in until it feels “stuck.” Then continue to wiggle and rotate the knife back and forth until the oyster releases and its shell pops open.
3. Carefully run the oyster knife along the top of the shell to cut the muscle and loosen the meat.
4. Next, run the knife gently underneath the oyster, taking care not to cut the oyster or spill too much of its juice, to release it from the bottom of the shell and clear out any debris or shell fragments.
5. Add your topping of choice, be it a squeeze of lemon or a dash of hot sauce, and enjoy!
What’s your favorite way to eat oysters? What do you think is the best oyster dish on Hilton Head Island? Tell us! And don’t forget to share photos of all of your Hilton Head adventures with the hashtag #PalmettoDunes.
While the weather may not seem to suggest it, the autumn season is upon us. With this change in season comes a myriad of changes ranging from our guests to activities throughout Hilton Head Island and our resort.
At Alexander's Restaurant, the Fall season offered Chef Sean Carroll an opportunity to present a new menu. Alexander's Restaurant Chef Carroll shares, "I was really excited when it came time for me to make some changes to our menu. The new season opens up a different avenue of ingredients and flavors. Since my primary sources are local growers, farmers and fisherman, what's available in our area factors into the culinary experiences we can provide for our guests."
Guillermo Carrera, Alexander's Restaurant Manager adds, "We're excited to welcome back our Fall season guests. For those that have been coming year after year, this will be their first visit in a while since the restaurant was not open last Fall. The team is ready to introduce them to the new Alexander's and look forward to forging new long-term guest relationships."
Here's a peek at some of the new dishes on the menu:
Autumn Greens Salad (pictured above) features mixed greens with tart cherries, roasted butternut squash, candied pecans, feta cheese with a charred orange vinaigrette.
Braised Beef Short Rib (pictured above) slow cooked low and slow for 4 hours in red wine, carrot, celery, onions, spices, beef stock, chicken stock and herbs. The short ribs are accompanied by creme fraiche whipped potatoes, baby spinach, roasted tomato, garlic and a "red eye" veal glace. Garnish includes a large beer battered onion ring and parsley.
Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop entree includes a grilled 12 oz bone-in pork chop that has been brined in apple cider for 18 hours and accompanied by collard greens, Geechie Boy grits and espresso BBQ jus. Garnish includes scallion grass, micro greens and toasted bread crumbs.
The updated Fall menu also brought on some new desserts including a Homemade Apple Cobbler (Granny Smith apples, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream), Toasted Almond "Eclair" (pate choux, whipped cream, coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce) and Pistachio Chocolate Marquise (dark and white chocolate with pistachio geniose).
Hilton Head Island is food-lover’s paradise. While the Island is only 12 miles long, it’s home to more than 250 restaurants. The bounty of choices can be overwhelming, so we thought we’d help you narrow down your options, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Here are ten of the best Hilton Head restaurants and eateries:
1. Where To Go For Date Night
One of Hilton’s Head’s hottest spots, the Lucky Rooster is the perfect pick for date night, whether you’re just getting to know someone, or you’re leaving the kids with the babysitter. The Lucky Rooster’s décor is intimate without being stuffy (you can draw on the paper tablecloth) and the farm-to-table cuisine is inventive and ever-changing. For a touch of whimsy, be sure to order one of their delicious tiki cocktails.
Photo Credit: @luckyroosterhhi
2. Where To Take The Kids
Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers & Pizza
A family favorite for guests and visitors alike, with beautiful views of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. In addition to lots of choices on their pleasing kids menu, as the name suggests, Jim’s has a wide selection of appetizers, burgers, made-to-order pizzas, and BBQ that’s sure to please the whole crew. Looking for more family dining options on Hilton Head Island? Check out this family-friendly restaurant round-up.
Photo Credit: @ellebruiser
3. Where To Eat On A Budget
Stu’s Surfside Subs
Stu’s Surfside Subs sells delicious hot and cold submarine sandwiches, ideal for grabbing on your way to or from the beach near Coligny Plaza. Made-to-order, these subs won’t break the bank. Enjoy a custom creation, or order one of their local specialties like the Harbor Town Classic or The Islander.
Photo Credit: @stusurfsidesubs
4. Where To Splurge
Charlie’s L’Etoile Vere
For a night of decadence on Hilton Head Island, head to Charlie’s L’Etoile Vere, also commonly called The Green Star. The restaurant has been a mainstay since 1982. Specializing in French cuisine, on the menu you’ll find delicacies like escargot a la Bourguignonne, Rack of Lamb, Local Swordfish, and more. Their wine list has an extensive selection of old-world wines as well as selections from California and Oregon.
Photo Credit: @preppy_islander
5. Where To Eat Great Seafood
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
You’ll find delicious seafood at Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar in Palmetto Dunes. Appetizer selections include oysters, crab cakes, and popcorn calamari. For main dishes, you can choose between flounder that’s stuffed with crab, diver scallops, and grilled grouper. There’s also plenty of land-based choices for anyone in your party averse to seafood.
Photo Caption: @alexandershhi
6. Where To Go For Great Meat
For anyone who prefers ‘turf’ to ‘surf’ HH Prime—located inside the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes—is the place to go. Mouthwatering steaks are their specialty, with USDA Prime Grade beef. Watch your filet mignon or bone-in ribeye be grilled for you from the open show kitchen. For extra decadence, top your steak with some of their foie gras butter.
Photo Credit: @snryan45
7. Where To Eat Breakfast
Is there a better place to go for breakfast than a classic diner? We don’t think so! This Island staple is great for a quick, but filling meal. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, and bacon, you’ll find all of your breakfast favorites here. A few quick tips to help your first trip go smoothly: it’s cash only, and self-serve, when you come in select what you want to eat, write it down and hand it in.
Photo Credit: @lauren.gilliss
8. Where To Eat Lunch
The Dunes House
For a delicious, al fresco beachside lunch in Palmetto Dunes, look no further than The Dunes House. On the menu– all cooked in the outdoor kitchen–you’ll find all your favorite lunchtime classics like grilled burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and wraps. The house specialty is their fish taco, topped with a delicious black bean relish. The Dunes House is open to Palmetto Dunes resort guests and property owners.
Photo Credit: @lovethislifeblog
9. Where To Go For Dessert
Hilton Head Social Bakery
French flair meets Southern Charm at this delightful bakery. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a mouthwatering selection of French classics like pain au chocolat, eclairs, macarons, and mille-feuille. American classics include cinnamon buns, NY-style cheesecake, and bread pudding.
10. Where To Go For Lowcountry Classics
Hudson on the Docks
Situated right on the dock of Skull Creek, Hudson’s prepares delicious Lowcountry cuisine, with an emphasis on locally caught seafood. From appetizers including fried green tomatoes and crab cakes, to mains of local shrimp and grits or blackened flounder and peanut butter pie for dessert, you can enjoy a meal full of Lowcountry classics.
Photo Credit: @michaelhrizukphotos
Did we whet your appetite? We’d love to see where (and what) you ended up eating. Tag your Hilton Head food photos on Instagram with #PalmettoDunes. Happy eating y’all!
Taking the kids with you on vacation to Palmetto Dunes Resort? Making dinner a family affair doesn’t have to limit you to fast-food standbys. Dine at these family-friendly and kid-approved Hilton Head Island restaurants, and the whole gang can enjoy the experience.
10. A Lowcountry Backyard
True to its name, this eatery has a big beautiful backyard filled with swings, plants, fire pits, and plenty of seating. Lowcountry Backyard serves up all your favorite southern classics, including their famous Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Pimento Cheese, and homemade Banana Puddin’.
Photo Credit: @josh40000
9. Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza
Named after the founder of Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find this popular joint on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Just like the name says, this restaurant serves up hearty burgers, pizza, and BBQ. You can’t go wrong with any menu item that comes smothered in Jim’s barbecue sauce, and his Tennessee coleslaw is legendary. On the kid’s menu, besides the usual fries, you can switch up their sides to mac n’ cheese, apple slices, or corn on the cob.
8. Carolina Crab Company
Dine dockside with the family at Palmetto Bay’s Carolina Crab Company. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for dolphins in the water—they are known to swim by. There’s lot of choice on the kid’s menu and for the adults? Consider starting your meal with some spicy Fried Crab Bites, or chow down on some Carolina Crab Chowder. The Jack Pot is a popular Boil, filled with Maine lobster, crab legs, clams, shrimp, and oysters. A true feast for any seafood lover.
Photo Credit: @carolinacrabco
7. Fishcamp on Broad Creek
On beautiful Broad Creek you’ll find the family-friendly Fishcamp restaurant. Grab a seat out on the pet-friendly patio if you can, where there are games and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s often live music, too. On the menu, you’ll find lots of seafood, from a Shellfish Tower to Daufuskie Island Blue Crab Cakes. And for the kids? The menu’s got basics like Chicken Fingers and plain Kids Pasta for pickier palates, and Petite Filet Mignon and Snow Crab Legs for the more adventurous young adults.
Photo Credit: @ashleyjeanreese
6. Hilton Head Ice Cream
When you and the family need to cool down, head to Hilton Head Ice Cream. At the Fountain Center you’ll find homemade ice cream in so many flavors, there’s bound to be something for everyone. The kids will especially love options like Cookie Monster and Superman, while grown-ups will want to dig into flavors like Kaluha Chip and Cayenne Chocolate.
Photo Credit: @hiltonheadicecream
5. Kenny B’s French Quarter Café
Oh la la! Add a little French Cajun flair to your trip with a visit to Kenny B’s French Quarter Café. On the menu, you’ll find lots of Creole classics like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Muffulettas. Kids will get a kick out of their meals being served in dog bowls. The real draw here though, are the Beignets. These French-inspired donuts are made fresh, daily and are served to you piping hot out of the oil, with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar. Kids of all ages go crazy for ‘em.
Photo Credit: @matthewpenning
4. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Located near the Palmetto Bay Marina, this is a great spot to bring the kids for breakfast or lunch. The lunch menu includes lots of soup and sandwich options, but the all-day breakfast menu is where it’s at. You’ll find all of the classics like Eggs Benedict multiple ways, pancakes, and omelets. For the little ones, with little appetites, there’s an extensive side dish section, where kids can build their own breakfast.
Photo Credit: @sabellekimi
3. Palmetto Dunes General Store
Going out to eat is great, but sometimes, even on vacation you just want a night in. Villas in Palmetto Dunes come with fully equipped kitchens, so if you feel like making your own meals, head on over to the Palmetto Dunes General Store. With their supplies, you can grab everything you need to make a meal at home. Kids love to help! Ask them for their input in-store, then have them get their hands dirty helping out. Don’t feel like going out, but also don’t feel like cooking? The General Store also offers take-out breakfast and lunch options, including their famous Fried Chicken.
Photo Credit: @pdgeneralstore
2. Salty Dog Café
This perennial favorite can be found on the waterfront in Sea Pines. You can’t go wrong with their Salty Dog Po’Boy, and for those over 21, a frozen margarita. On the kid’s menu, you’ll find a wide selection of favorites, liked Fried Fish Nuggets, made from fresh fish. Kids who clean their plate earn a special sticker! It’s a popular spot, but if there’s a wait, you’ll get a buzzer, so you and the kids can keep busy with a stroll or a peruse through the gift shop.
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1. Skull Creek Boathouse Situated right on the waterfront, the comings and goings of the boats will keep your kiddos entertained through the meal, while you can indulge in a seafood feast. If it comes from the sea, chances are the Skull Creek Boathouse serves it, from classic Lowcountry Boils to Salt & Vinegar Crab Cakes, and even sushi. Does dining with the kids mean you’re eating early? Take advantage of their Sunset Supper specials, available daily from 4:00-5:30pm.
Photo Credit: @skullcreekboathouse
And, while dining with kids can be delightful, if you’re in the mood for an adults-only date night, order in pizza for the kids and a sitter, and enjoy the best places in Palmetto Dunes to grab a drink.
Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S. Not only that, our Lowcountry slice of paradise was listed as the second best island in the world! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.
10. The Convenience
With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!
9. The Adventure
Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.
8. The Wildlife
Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.
7. The Weather
We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.
6. The Laidback Lifestyle
There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.
5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.
4. The Food
There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.
3. The People
Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.
2. The Golfing
Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.
1. The Beaches
If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.